Parents' Guide to

Broad City

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 17+

Absurdist buddy comedy is female-friendly, edgy.

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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 17+

Based on 3 parent reviews

age 16+

Hilarious, Female-Driven Comedy

Hilarious and topical, but full of drug and sex references (marijuana is used often and sex toys are show and mentioned often). Most of the people I have personally seen say the show isn't funny or isn't for them have been men. The show definitely has jokes that men who don't have personal/intimate conversations with women won't understand. I love this show and am sad to see it end.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking
age 18+

Crude, cliche, boring "comedy"

This show is absurd. It tries to force laughs using the crudest methods - like hiding drugs somewhere. The characters have no redeeming value, they are a bother and a nuisance to everyone around them. The episodes are a drag, stretched out the aim of the show of "empowering" women comes off as a poor attempt of being as edgy as they can. Not for any kind of family, and even if you're over 18, your time is better spent watching anything else.

This title has:

Too much sex
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (3 ):
Kids say (3 ):

Taking a page from Louie, Abbi and Ilana's antics have an absurdist "only in New York" flavor with a dash of the Seinfeld method of spinning a show out of nothing in particular. One episode features Abbi's epic journey to retrieve a package for a handsome neighbor, which involves a trip to an island neither Abbi nor anyone else has ever heard of. Another involves the girls' pursuit of an extra $200 to get into a concert; when stealing office supplies doesn't work, Ilana convinces Abbi to clean a stranger's apartment in her underwear. Spoiler alert: The client (Fred Armisen) evades paying for the service by pretending to be an adult baby who doesn't understand what money is.

That last anecdote more or less sums up the show. If it sounds amusing to you, Broad City probably will be, too. Jacobson and Glazer have personality and a point of view, and though their trying to make extra money by bucket drumming in the park may not be relatable (particularly for those living outside NYC), the two of them always are.

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